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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres are making Easter special for kids this year with a chance to enjoy breakfast or tea with the Easter Bunny.  Last weekend, we popped along to our nearest centre to try out the experience, which runs until the 28th of April (selected stores only). We were greeted on arrival by Alice in Wonderland who gave the children colouring sheets and crayons, a chocolate treat to decorate and a soft toy, all of which kept them entertained whilst we waited for breakfast. We used the online booking form to choose which breakfast we would like so it was all very straightforward on the day and the food arrived quickly. We asked specially for Sonny to just have toast as he is the most fussy eater and wouldn’t have eaten any of the hot breakfast at all. I did think we might have to remind them of his order but they actually checked with us to confirm it was correct. After breakfast, the Easter Bunny himself arrived to escort us on an egg hunt …

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Giraffe, Portsmouth

Situated on the Waterfront at Gunwharf Quay, about as close to the Spinnaker Tower as is possible without physically touching, sits Giraffe.  With its outdoor seating area overlooking the boats and birds of Portsmouth, the location is rather picturesque, as well as undeniably convenient. Having never visited a branch of Giraffe previously, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was immediately pleasantly surprised by the vibrant interior colours and art work.  We were greeted by the charmingly ebullient manager who seated us at a gorgeous round booth in a prime location.  The children were given activity sheets and crayons to occupy them whilst we ordered and awaited our starters. I opted for chicken tacos whilst James chose the hua boa, which he stated were “every bit as good as in China”.  The tacos were full of flavour with tender chicken and plenty of accompaniments. The food was all delicious; James’ main was a beautifully presented lamb tagine whilst I had chicken escalope with a side of topped potatoes; these were so good!  Jasmine enjoyed …

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Rockfish Torquay

The Torquay branch of Rockfish combines sublime location with beautiful seafood to create a convivial atmosphere. Situated on the banks of Torquay Harbour, the views really are special; aim to book a table for around 6pm to enjoy a sunset stroll around the quay after dinner. I’ll admit it – I’m not a great fan of seafood but found a good range on offer at Rockfish with something to suit all appetites and tastes. I started with delicious salt and pepper prawns whilst James had the calamari. The children were given an activity bag on arrival, which was a nice touch. The pack included stickers, crayons, a workbook and even a wallet. These packs are included in the £6.95 cost of a kids meal consisting of a main, side and dessert. Jasmine chose the beef burger as she refuses to eat seafood and Sonny had the fish fingers. For our mains, we adults opted for the fish and chips – I had cod and James chose haddock. I also added mushy peas and curry sauce to …

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Carluccio’s Exeter

We are very fortunate to be spending Easter with Cofton Holidays in Starcross, South Devon; a beautiful spot beside the River Exe. This evening, we ventured into nearby Exeter to sample the delights of Carluccio’s at Princesshay, a modern, sprawling open-air shopping centre. Having never been to a branch of Carluccio’s before today, I suppose I was expecting something fairly standard in terms of Italian chain restaurants. What was delivered, however, was rather more authentic – the staff, the wine list, the ingredients, they were all properly Italian. The menu was a little more what we elaborately referred to as grown up than a number of other places we have eaten at with the children, providing no real “safe” options such as pizza, chips or chicken nuggets. I can see why this might be attractive to most customers – it’s always nice to get the kids eating similar things to the adults, after all. Not so great for fussy eaters though and it certainly presented a problem for Sonny who refused all of the food …

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Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

Towards the end of the summer holidays, we spent a day in London. It was a mixed bag with strange weather and slightly (very) hyperactive children; we visited the Tower for the first time, then headed to King’s Cross for lunch. Drake and Morgan is a short walk from the tube station; bright, open and airy, arranged over two floors. We were seated in the corner of the ground floor, by the window. On a humid day, the open kitchen on this level offered no relief, which was a little uncomfortable. On the lower ground floor, where the spectacular toilets were also situated, it was much cooler, seemingly air conditioned. We chose drinks whilst perusing the food menu, my friend and I opting for cocktails from Drake and Morgan’s extensive range.    The children’s menu appeared to be a little lacking in the vegetable department (though salad was available in place of chips), not that this bothered my two! They both chose sausages, one with mash and one with chips – it would have been …